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The Bible says in Deuteronomy 18:15, 17-18, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, … And the LORD said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.’”
As God has spoken these words there are comparisons between Moses and the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of these comparisons are:
- Both were raised up of God: Moses (Acts 7:35) and Christ (John 6:40).
- Both were Jews: “from among their brethren” Moses (Exodus 1:1-5) and Christ (Matthew c1).
- Both, when they were babies, had attempts made on their lives by those in political authority: Moses (Exodus 1:15-2:4) and Christ (Matthew 2:13-18).
- Both left the land of their birth for a while and returned to it: Moses (Exodus 2:11-15; 4:30-5:1) and Christ (Matthew 2:13-15, v19-23).
- Both spent most of their life out of the general public notice: for Moses (Acts 7:23, 30, 36) it was 80 out of a total life of 120 years and Christ (Luke 3:23) it was 30 out of a total of about 33 years.
- Both saw God – Moses (Exodus 3:23) and Christ (John 1:1, 14).
- Both had God’s words put into their mouths – Moses (Exodus 7:1-2) and Christ (John 5:28).
- Both were prophets: Moses (Hosea 12:13) and Christ (Luke 24:19; John 6:14 and Who prophesied, i.e. both forth told about events soon to happen e.g. Mark 10:32-34 and foretold future events e.g. Matthew c24 – 25).
- Both gave God’s word or laws – Moses (Exodus 24:12; 1Kings 2:3; John 1:17) and Christ (John 7:16; 14:24; 17:14).
- Both obeyed God’s Word in implementing what God wanted – Moses (Exodus 40:1, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32, 33; Hebrews 3:2) and Christ (for example Matthew 21:4-5; Luke 22:42; John 8:29; 12:49; 14:31; Hebrews 10:7).
- Both authenticated their authority with miracles – Moses (Exodus 4:1-9; 7:8-11:10; 12:29-31; 14:15-31; Numbers 20:3-11 etc.) and Christ (John 20:30-31 and a few examples: Matthew 14:14-36; Mark 14:14-27; Luke 7:1-10. The four gospels are four witnesses to Jesus Christ).
- Both were associated with providing bread for the people – Moses (Exodus 16:2-18; John 6:32) and Christ (Mark 8:1-9; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:33, 35)
- Both appeared in glory on the earth – Moses and Christ (Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-35)
- Both had a “baptism” which brought people from bondage to freedom – Moses (Exodus 14:15-31; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2) and Christ (Mark 10:38; Luke 12:50).
- Both had special circumstances concerning their death – Moses (Deuteronomy 34:1, 5-6; Jude 1:9) and Christ (John 10:18; Luke 23:46).
- Both were approved of God to lead and so bring people out of bondage – Moses (Exodus 3:10) and Christ (Jews and Gentiles – Matthew 3:17; Romans 8:15; Galatians 5:1; Hebrews 2:14-15).
- Both mediated, or were go-betweens, on behalf of sinful people – Moses (Exodus 32:31-32, Galatians 3:19) and Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
- Both brought in the means of God’s forgiveness: Moses through giving God’s law (Leviticus 4:13-14, 20) and Christ through the sacrifice of Himself (Colossians 2:13). Moses brought in also what looked forward to what Christ would do at the cross (Hebrews 9:6-12).
- For both there was a future after their death: Moses (Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-35) and Christ (e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 4:10).
The fact that Deuteronomy c18 refers to the Lord Jesus Christ is confirmed in:
Acts 3:20-22 “And that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.’”
Not only is the forgiveness of sins received by any sinner who trusts in the Lord Jesus as their Saviour but the following is also received: eternal life (John 10:27-28), absolute security for that eternal life (John 10:28-29), being justified, or made righteous, before God (Romans 5:1), having peace with God (Romans 5:1, Colossians 1:20) and having a relationship with God as your Father (Galatians 4:6, 1 John 3:1-2) with many other spiritual gifts, or blessings, as well.